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We need to know about a baby that’s stillborn within 42 days of the birth. A baby is considered to be stillborn if they’re born after the 24th week of pregnancy, showing no signs of life after birth.

If your baby was born before 24 weeks showing no signs of life, the birth can’t be registered at the register office. However, your hospital might be able to give you a certificate of birth or you could ask them to fill in a certificate of birth from sands.org.uk.

Where to register

You should register the stillbirth at the local register office for the area where the baby was born.

If baby was born in Bath and North East Somerset, you can book an appointment to register at one of our Register Offices

Register by declaration

If baby was born in Bath and North East Somerset but you are unable to visit one of our offices, you can register by declaration from another Register Office in England or Wales. They will register the stillbirth at that office and send the paperwork to the Bath Office who will issue and post out any documents to you.

If baby was born in another district in England or Wales and Bath and North East Somerset is your local Register office, you can make an appointment to register by declaration. All paperwork will be sent to the Register Office in the district the event took place and any copies of the registration will be sent to you.

What to bring to the appointment

You must bring the medical certificate of stillbirth to your appointment. Your GP, hospital doctor or bereavement office will normally give you this.

It helps us if you bring something to the appointment that shows your full name, such as:

  • your passport or driving licence
  • proof of address (a bank statement or utility bill)
  • your marriage or civil partnership certificate

What information we need to know

When registering the stillbirth, we’ll ask you for the:

  • baby's place and date of stillbirth
  • baby's names, if you want to name the child
  • baby's sex
  • parent's names and any previous names
  • parents' addresses
  • parents' places and dates of birth
  • parent's jobs
  • date of parents' marriage or civil partnership if any

You don’t have to enter a name for your baby in the register but if you choose not to add a name at your appointment, you won’t be able to add it later.

What documents you will receive

The registrar will keep the medical certificate of stillbirth and give you a:

  • certificate of registration
  • a form that allows burial or cremation, which you can give to your chosen funeral director

There is no charge to register a stillbirth. Copies of the full entry in the register are charged at £11 per copy.

Correcting a mistake on a stillbirth certificate

When registering a stillbirth, you must check the register page carefully and tell the registrar about anything that’s incorrect.

If you notice a mistake after your appointment, we might not be able to correct it. If we can correct it, you’ll be charged a fee of £75 or £90 depending on what needs to be changed.

Arranging a funeral

By law, a stillborn baby must be buried or cremated.

You can start planning your baby’s funeral at any time, but you need to register the stillbirth before the funeral takes place.

Your local hospital can arrange a funeral for you. Your midwife can tell you more.

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